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Navigating the Stars

(Sentinels of the Galaxy #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,106 ratings  ·  400 reviews
Terra Cotta Warriors have been discovered on other planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. And Lyra Daniels' parents are the archaeological Experts (yes with a capital E) on the Warriors and have dragged her to the various planets to study them despite the time dilation causing havoc with her social life.

When one of the many Warrior planets goes silent, and looters attack her re
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published November 19th 2018 by Harlequin Australia
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Maria V. Snyder I'm hoping by mid December! I'll let you know as soon as I do! :)
Gregs3071 Amazon have it available for pre-order, auto-delivered to your kindle on 18 November 2019.
I would expect book 3 to be released pre-christmas 2020, boo…more
Amazon have it available for pre-order, auto-delivered to your kindle on 18 November 2019.
I would expect book 3 to be released pre-christmas 2020, book 4 pre-christmas 2021, etc(less)

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Maria V. Snyder
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Of course I'm going to give my own book 5 stars! ;) This is a new SF series - as if you couldn't tell from that gorgeous cover!! I had so much fun writing this book - Lyra's voice is so strong and she has this new kind of snark. She just refuses to be ignored. Another thing I love is that both her parents are alive and well and involved in her life (much to her chagrin). Plus the science of traveling through space very fast is accurate as there's a time dilation, which most SF books/movies ignor ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I've read two other series by this author (Healer and Study), so when I saw she had started a new series I of course gave it a try. This time she went the route of going more YA and also switched to sci-fi instead of her usual fantasy.

While I still overall enjoyed the plot/characters, I'm not sure the world building was quite as effective. The only thing that really stood out as being solidly not of this world is the concept of 'time dilation' she presents. The space crafts utilize a m
Charlie Holmberg
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! Normally sci-fi isn't my first choice of tea, but I got sucked into this one really quickly. Snyder foreshadows things SO well, and I was routing for just about every character I met. XD There's such fantastic mystery woven through this, and I'm DYING for book two to find the answers! (And to, uh, you know. Get some something-something in the romance. Just saying.) I loved how she showed the effects of time-space distortion. We all know about Einstein's theories, but NAVIGATIN ...more
Janelle Dazzlepants
I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Navigating the Stars has such a cool premise: China’s infamous terracotta warriors are discovered throughout space, and it’s a mystery as to who created them. Throw in some cool hacking, space travel, and time dilation science, and it sounds like a recipe for a great story!

But overall it’s terribly executed. The writing is juvenile and I wasn’t surprised to see in the acknowledgements that it was beta-read by Lynette Noni, becaus
Maggie ☘
Jul 03, 2018 marked it as tbr-highly-interested  ·  review of another edition
Yes! A new book by Maria V. Snyder. And sci-fi at that! Nothing can surpass my love for Poison Study series, but hoping this one will be close second!
Love the cover! It's one of the best from all Snyder's works.
Lynette Noni
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading an early draft of this a little while ago and OMIGOSH IT IS SO GOOD!!! No words!! Maria V. Snyder has done it again!!
Come on U.K. publishers why have none of you picked this up yet?? I guess I’ll just have to give my money to someone else because no way am I missing this series!

Well I FINALLY got my pretty paperback of this (I prefer the Aussie version to the UK one). For any interested UK people I ended up finding it on eBay and having it shipped from New Zealand (AND it worked out cheaper than the UK self published paperback from Amazon so that was a bonus LOL)

Book Depository to the rescu
The American narrator of this audio (Alice Barrington... because there's another audio edition) does a much better job of an Aussie accent for the one Aussie character than those two narrators of a book SET IN AUSTRALIA did with any of the characters in the audio of Bob.

-- A very long time ago, upon receiving the book --

I've never actually read any of Snyder's fantasy books, but I quite enjoyed Inside Out/Outside In, so I am BEYOND excited to read another of her sci-fi books which, by the way, I
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
4.75/5 ⭐ This review can also be found on my BLOG!

I loved this book wayyyy more than I expected to and wow, it was such a fun and action-packed journey! Sci-fi books are hard to write and boy did this hit most the right notes for me.

Let’s get some categories up:

World Building & Plot

There’s a lot in this category; sorry not sorry.

I love a good sci-fi read and as a bit of science nerd who knows like 2% about science and space, it was fun learning some stuff while reading this book. One of the thin
jess bennett ⋆
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Navigate the Stars possesses unique world building and an intriguing sci-fi concept that is ultimately bogged down by juvenile narration, stale romance and a dithering plot.

Snyder sets her latest series across outer explored space, in a universe where humanity has explored the stars. Terra Cotta Warriors have been discovered on planets outside of Earth, and our protagonist Lyra’s parents are the lead archaeologists in charge of investigating them. Jumping from planet to planet comes at a risk, h
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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As my first Maria V. Snyder book, I was quite disappointed, especially since the blurb promised an exploration of Terracotta warriors in space (which reminded me of Unearthed)!

The sci-fi elements flew over my head, particularly when it came to the space time differing from Earth time and people being too old when you came back to them after being in space. The thing that really interested me about the book was the excavation of the Terracotta wa
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, plot-twist, 2018
Aaaand we're back on the excellent sci-fi book track *u* I was really disappointed with Stitching Snow, then I read 2 contemporaries which were decent but not amazing and then came this book...

I wouldn't put it on my faves list but it was definitely amazing. It has mystery, archeology, sci-fi-ness, kick ass MC, caring parents, lots of friendships, a good plot twist and the pace is good. I like my sci-fi books full of action and adventure - this one did not disappoint. There's travel through spac
Claude's Bookzone
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
A very cool concept but this didn't work for me on a number of levels.

1) I think Lyra was meant to be a quick witted and sassy teenager. Unfortunately in my opinion she came across as a bit immature and petulant instead.
2) My head hurt trying to understand the time travel thingy and I am still unconvinced that it was really even necessary in the story.
3) The book had so many things going on (time travel, terracotta warriors, looters, mysterious shadowy figures, worm-something, archaeological dig
Zitong Ren
Provided by the State Library Victoria as part of the Inky Awards.

Navigating the Stars is a young-adult, sci-fi book set several centuries in the future with the main plot being that millions of terracotta warriors made from China over two thousand years ago has been moved by some alien race to these so called ‘warrior planets.’ There’s a bit of world building going on with time jumps to get to other planets quicker and spaceships and the such. It’s a fairly interesting premise and the cover is
*Source* Kindle
*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 4.0


Navigating the Stars is the first installment in author Maria V. Snyder's Sentinels of the Galaxy. As the story opens, it is the year 2471. 17-year old Lyra Daniels is the daughter of two prominent archaeologists who have focused their mission on discovering locations of Terracotta Warrior that were originally found in China in 1974. Lyra's parents along with a cadre of experts are heading for Planet Yulin, one of 22 known
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my stars! I bloody loved that. It’s 4:09am. I just finished. I have to get up early for work in a few short hours. Do I regret it? Not even a little, tiny bit.

I can’t give justice to what I’m feeling or thinking right now. Just read it. READ IT!

So I love Maria V. Snyder. I wait in anticipation for the day her books are released and then I read them in one sitting.

So its a few weeks later now, and I've read it again, and now feel able to talk more coherently. I'm generally not very good at b
The Nerd Daily
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Tracy Truffles

This novel was so enjoyable and even better than first expected. You may know Maria V Snyder for her Poison Study series, well this complex YA sci-fi knocks it out of the ball park.

World Building & Plot
I personally love a good sci-fi read and as a bit of science nerd who knows probably 2% about science and space, this book was truly a fun learning experience even though the science was heavily intertwined with fiction. One of the t
Since Maria is one of my top five favorite authors, I was thrilled to get my hands on this book. Even better, I enjoyed it.

I recommend skipping the blurb. So what’s it about?


in space!

The book involves time dilation, ancient Chinese terracotta warriors, and lots of mysteries — I loved the mysteries because there was always something to keep me guessing. Several things I did not see coming, but I am that good at that sort of thing.

We have a very normal YA protaganist with parents who
Brian  9 ¾ ⚡
Sep 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
Now that was surprisingly awesome!

Why surprising? Well, I struggled at the start. My biggest hurdle? Physics. I'm more of a biology nerd and never quite reached the same level of "ahh, I get it" with physics. My brain couldn't fully immerse itself in the story while part of it was still trying to understand how time worked. The first third of the book was a lot of setting up the world and trying to explain time dilation and what it meant for relationships with other people. And to be honest, I s
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This new series is quite a departure from Snyder’s Poison Study books. This is SF rather than F and, with a seventeen-year-old protagonist, definitely YA. But Snyder brings her usual attention to detail in world-building and characterization to make this newest venture a very satisfying read.

Lyra is the daughter of archeologists who specialize in the baffling appearance of Terra Cotta warriors nearly identical to those in Xian, China on Earth on numerous alien worlds around the galaxy. The story
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I seriously didn't know if I would love this book - YA sci-fi is so hit or miss for me (and I've come across far more misses), but she delivered. The characters were great, humorous and read like real people. I loved getting to see some adult characters in the book playing major parts (yay for family dynamics!!) The book wasn't bogged down in sci-fi language and technology either, but it still was distinctly spacey, and had a beautiful mystery element to it (and a dash of history which automatic ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Let it be known that Maria V. Snyder is one of my all time favorite writers and I was positively ecstatic when she told me she was writing a new book! Imagined my devastation when I heard that her US publisher didn't want it, luckily there's the Aussie and New Zealand one that helped to bring this story to life! She is having the book printed in the US, so never fear my friends!

We all know and love Maria for her amazing fantasy reads but this time, she's returning to the Sci-Fi realm! And yes I
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely amazing. This is Maria V Snyder’s first attempt at Sci-fi so I curious about how it would be. Absolutely no need to worry.

Lyra and Niall were both such an interesting pair to follow. Lyra just kept doing bad things but for the right reasons. She was also so intelligent for the entire novel. She’s definitely a competent character, but not perfect. Definitely not perfect. Sometimes there are serious consequences.

That brings me to another thing I loved about this book. Th
♛ Garima ♛
I am finding my attention slipping on this one - I don't want DNF on this one so I am going to come back soon....putting the marker at 70%
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

Although I prefer to read fantasy these days, sci-fi was actually my first love (please don't tell my fantasy books). I've read and loved almost all of Snyder's books, including her original sci-fi Inside Out, so I was pretty keen to dive into this one, especially since it was starting with a younger, mouthier heroine than I'm used to with Snyder. And Lyra's voice is incredible! So different to anything Snyder's written before - Lyra actu
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating 3.5

Navigating the Stars started off, in my opinion, a little weak. For starters, it's VERY young, and the MC is very much an angsty teen. While this is clearly what Snyder was going for, it just didn't quite do it for me. However, once we were aboard the star ship everything finally started coming together. It never really felt like anything special, but it sure got intriguing, and was a super enjoyable read. So, here go my loves and hates!

- Love, love, LOVED the time dilatio
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very, very few books send me into an "Oh-No, what the hell will I read next? It's gonna be hard to follow that one..." panic when I finish them. This is one of those books.

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I want to be clear here - this is not ... I want the next book in the series NOW! I do ... but that is different.
And it's not because of some horrific and pointless cliffhanger - this book finishes properly. (Yeah!)

The feeling that the cartoon above captures perfectly could maybe be described as "No! No ... I am just NOT
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: inky-awards-2019
Review up after the Inky Awards shortlist!
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Synder’s Ixia Chronicles and her Outside In series, so when I heard she was writing a new sci-fi novel I knew I just had to read it. I am so glad that HarperCollins Australia went ahead with publishing - yay Australia! Navigating the Stars is full of adventure, awesome advanced technology, romance, archaeology, hacking, code breaking and trouble-making. With Synder’s signature writing style and touch of humour and banter, Navigating the Stars is sure to thrill all her devoted ...more
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